Attachment, anxiety, and loss of a husband

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1989 Oct;59(4):550-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb02745.x.


Using a conceptual framework of attachment, an interview study of 81 women whose spouses had died indicated that anxiety and fear are prevalent throughout the first three years of bereavement. In addition, those women identified as anxiously attached in their relationships reported a more distressful adjustment. Implications of the findings are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Marriage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Object Attachment*
  • Personality Tests
  • Single Person / psychology*